Kate Middleton in Royal Labor!

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Happy Monday Peeps!

As most of you know I am HUGE fan of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge! You may remember one of my previous blog post about her incredible style and if not, here’s the link for ya: The Royal Fashionista Kate Middleton.  Any who, I share all of this to say that Kate is in ROYAL LABOR! The Duchess entered St. Mary’s Hospital around 6 A.M with Prince William and went into labor naturally. So as I and the rest of the World waits to find out if the royal baby is a boy or a girl, I figured we could take a little stroll down memory lane and remember some of Kate’s awesome pregnancy fashion!

Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy Fashion

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These are just a few of my favorites. I will be sure to keep you guys posted on the baby’s gender.  I am guessing it is a girl and they will name her Charlotte or Diana, but we shall see!! Ooooohhhh the excitement.

Wedding Photos = DONEZO

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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Well, I’ll just say this…Bryan Minear does not play around when it comes to editing wedding photos. Jason and I have been married for a month now and Bryan already has them DONEZO. Due to the many request I received pre-wedding, I wanted to take a moment and provide my wonderful readers with a little peek inside our special day. So here’s the link: http://bryanminear.pass.us/readwedding.   However, there is a catch.  If you choose to share these photos with anyone else or on any form of social media it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that copyright credit be given to Bryan Minear Photography as he is a great artist and a dear friend of mine who deserves the upmost respect for his brilliance. And just in case you are wondering, yes I am pretty tough when it is come to copyright laws and such. Homie don’t play! LOL. Anywho, happy viewing and please let me know what are some of your favorite images as I need help selecting which ones to to print for our West Virginia pad!

Vintage, Whimsical and Everything in Between: My Session with Anna Kinchen Photography

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

It isn’t everyday that a bride gets to work with the photographer of her dreams! Luckily, I was blessed enough to have that opportunity.  I have known Anna Kinchen for quite sometime. To be completely honest I was intrigued by her beauty, spectacular makeup application and hobo yet chic’ preppy style. I mean seriously…isn’t she beautiful?? 310153_820595942387_66670116_n

But to make a long story short, Anna began her journey in photography at the age of 15 which led her to Savannah School of Art and Design where she obtained a degree in photography. Naturally, one can see that Anna has a great passion for photography, however what sets her apart from the others is her impeccable attention to detail and ever evolving creativity.  She aims to capture and tell a different story through her lenses for each and every client. One could call it “photography creativity exclusivity” (and yes, I made up that phrase)! So I share all of this to say…if you are looking for a photographer who likes vintage, whimsical and everything in between..then Anna Kinchen is your girl! She is amazingly friendly, creative and organized (she just got a new studio space that is BANGING!).  Here’s a little sneak peak from my bridal session with her at Pebble Hill Planation in Thomasville, GA:

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Aren’t they wonderful?! To see some of Anna’s inspiration for this session check out her Pinterest board HERE. Also, feel free to snoop around www.annakinchen.com to see some of her other wondtacular work! 

Fashion and Session Details:

Dress: Vocelles Bridal

Florals: Flowers by Cooper

Jewelry: Godwin Jewelers and Alex & Ani

Location: Pebble Hill Planation

Props: Anna Kinchen Photography

Click, Click, Flash: A Guide To Great Wedding Photography

Friday, June 21st, 2013

As I am sure you have heard one of the most important details in wedding planing is photography! Jason and I were no exception to that notion. After all you only get this opportunity once in life (although our society says otherwise)! About a day after Jason proposed, I began the hunt of shopping around for wedding photographers.  Considering that I love getting my picture taken as well as weddings, I already had a list of photographers in mind. However, I found it very interesting as to how difficult it was to choose.  All of the photographers offered such different styles, price points and packages. Any who, I share all of that to say that I ended up working with 3 different photographers during Jason and I’s engagement and I could not be happier with that decision.  For our initial engagement session we worked with the lovely Tarashton Photography of Valdosta, Georgia. Tara is a photographer who has a niche for natural light and all things vintage! She is great at making the session fun and effortless!  For my bridal session I had the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented Anna Kinchen of Anna Kinchen Photography. Words cannot even explain how much I adore the photos from my session with her.  Let me put it this way…the photos are magazine worthy. And lastly, we worked with Bryan Minear Photography of Detroit, Michigan for our formal engagement session and the wedding.  We have absolutely loved working with him. With Bryan you get a great balance of natural light photography along with some abstract lighting concepts.

Tarashton Photography 

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So as you can see we had a great deal of variety! In hopes of simplifying your wedding photography process here are a couple of things to keep in mind while shopping around and a list of great wedding photographers.

Wedding Photography Tips:

1. Know your budget! If you find a photographer you love, but they aren’t in your price point…just keep it moving! No need to even begin the process of dreaming on how to make it work. Weddings are expensive enough. Save yourself the extra burden.

2. Know what type of products you would like post wedding! Often times having a little list of products you desire will help you select a package that is best for you!

3. Imagery.  Be willing to do a some Pinterest research and find images that you would like to have captured during your special day.  This will help the photographer tremendously!

4. Photo Call.  Besides the traditional wedding photos, having a photo call sheet will help the photographer to also capture other images you may desire with special friends and family.  Be sure to give a copy of this list to your wedding coordinator and hostesses as they can help the photographer pin point people.

5. Be Open! Remember that the photographer is the expert in this department. Be open to their artistry and expertise.

6. Pay It Forward.  Often times the photographer can be one of your most expensive vendors. To ensure that they are taken care of as well as to alleviate some of your stress, I highly suggest that you pay in installments once you have secured their services. Writing a check for $3000 all at one time can be daunting especially with all of the last minute wedding expenses that you incur the week before.

Guide to Great Wedding Photographers: 

 Anna K Photography

Anna Kinchen Photography

Anna Mills Photography 

Brandon Bartee Photography

Bryan Minear Photography 

Cyn Kain Photography 

Katelyn James Photography 

Tarashton Photography 

The Red Fly Studio

Welp, that’s all folks! Hope you have found something a little helpful 🙂  Oh yes, stay tuned next week as I will be blogging about my experience in working with Anna Kinchen Photography and sharing lots of photos!!!